The US national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned late Monday amid a flow of intelligence leaks that he had secretly discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador to Washington and then tried to cover up the conversations.
The resignation, with the Trump era less than four weeks old, is the latest and most dramatic convulsion in the most chaotic start to an administration in modern US history.
But Trump fired, oh excuse me, asked Flynn to resign, because Flynn discussed something of a highly sensitive nature in secret then tried to cover it up.
One thing you can say about Donald Trump is he doesn’t discuss anything of a highly sensitive nature in secret, and believe me, he never tries to cover things up. Believe me.
It was not clear what security arrangements, if any, have been made at Mar-a-Lago to allow for classified meetings and communications. Any such protocols would not have applied to the terrace, which was full of members, who pay a $200,000 initiation fee (double what it was before Trump became president), according to CNBC.
At the other end of the scale, the club was hiring foreign workers this winter as cooks, waiters, waitresses and housekeepers, at between $10.17 and $12.74 an hour, according to the Palm Beach Post. There is no mention of vetting. According to the CNN account, the staff “cleared the wedge salads and brought along the main course as Trump and Abe continued consulting with aides”.
Good old Donald just sits around in public discussing highly sensitive national security documents while anyone within earshot is listening in or recording the idiotic event on their cellphone.
Speaking of cellphones, good old Donny boy used his own cellphone and not a secure cellphone to discuss national security matters. Duh!! What a dolt. What an embarrassment.
Under the Trump presidency, however, operational security has taken a backseat. He has held on to his insecure Android phone, from which he tweeted when he was about to sit down with Abe.
At all times during their huddle over the missile launch, the two leaders were surrounded by aides and guests brandishing their own mobile phones, each one of which, it has been known since Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA surveillance, can be used as an unwitting conduit for electronic eavesdropping by the world’s intelligence agencies.
Donny boy, you fired the wrong guy. Only a honest-to-goodness doofus like Donald Trump would discuss national security issues in public. I’m afraid old Donny boy, the oldest person ever elected president, has entered his senility stage and should be put to pasture like old dogs usually are.